I would if he accepted a pay cut to keep him in line with the rest of the squad, but if he were to insist on what his current deal is, then I'd tell him to jog on
There are only a handful of players in history who have a better record in the CL/European cup in terms of wins and goals. And he hasn't been a passenger in these win...he has scored the winner in 2 of his 4 wins, and played the entire 120 minutes and scored a pen in a third. On every metric he has been a fantastic success yet there is still this feeling that he hasnt been a success.amazing how bale has never really been accepted by Madrids fans.
He has more goals, assists, trophies than Zidane at his time there. Really odd.
A fit Bale yes. The one which seems to be injured quite a lot, unfortunately no.
The flipside of that is that if City do manage to replace those three ageing players (difficult) then age-wise they are suddenly in a much healthier position than us, even if you discounted Milner from our side.I would like us to sign some new players, not least because adding new players helps freshen up the squad, adds competition, increases depth, allows for rotation (if they're good enough) etc etc but I'm also on board with the view that the squad will improve naturally, because players improve as individuals. If we had an ageing squad then I would be extremely concerned by the lack of movement in the transfer market but the contrary is the case; we have a squad where the majority of our key players are nearing or entering their 'peak' years. The BBC did an article on this at the beginning of last month but they only focused on a few clubs (afaik), including Liverpool:
With the season over, what shape are Premier League squads in? We take a look at the clubs with the most interesting summer ahead.www.bbc.co.uk
It shows that of our 11 most used players in the league last year, 1 might be deemed a prospect (TAA), 9 are in their 'peak' years (24-30) with only 1 (past their prime?) in Milner at 33.
That's an extremely healthy position to be in. The ages of our first 11 (Alisson, Robertson, VvD, Fabinho, TAA, Henderson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Mane, Firmino, Salah - based on minutes in the PL) are:
20, 25, 25, 26, 27, 27, 27, 28, 28, 29, and 33 (average age 26.8yrs).
But what about for City?
They have 1 who might be deemed a prospect (Sane, who wants to leave), 7 in their 'peak' years, with 3 past their prime (Aguero, David Silva, and Fernandinho).
That's not great, particularly when the three 'past their prime' are such key players for them (albeit D Silva on the wane).
The ages of their first 11 (Ederson, Laporte, Stones, Walker, D Silva, Fernandinho, Gundogan, B Silva, Sane, Aguero, Sterling - based on minutes in the PL) are:
23, 24, 25, 25, 25, 25, 28, 29, 31, 33, and 34 (average age 27.5yrs).
They need to be thinking about replacing D Silva, Ageuro and Fernandinho (not to mention Kompany). So far they've only brought in Rodri and who knows whether he can do an adequate Fernandinho imitation?
Milner just about scraped into our top 11 players (based on % minutes played last season) but with AOC hopefully being able to play this season, Fabinho being involved from the beginning and Keita hopefully more integrated, he's very unlikely to feature in more than 50% of PL minutes this season. Can City say the same about Aguero and David Silva?
I do think the natural progression of players should mean that our team is even better this year than last year without any additions and that based purely on organic growth I expect us to improve more than City. However, I'd still like to make some additions - providing they're the right players and their valuations aren't absurd. In that regard I have full confidence in Klopp and his team.
I'm not sure. The ages I gave don't include those for AOC (25), Origi (24), Keita (24), Gomez (22), and Brewster (19)...all of whom you'd expect to feature this season and into the future. Not to mention Hoever and Van Den Berg (both 17). Mbappe (20), Havertz (20), and Sancho (19) will also bring the average age down even further.The flipside of that is that if City do manage to replace those three ageing players (difficult) then age-wise they are suddenly in a much healthier position than us, even if you discounted Milner from our side.
Yeah, Ox, Keita and Gomez are certainly going to be much bigger factors this season, and we are in a good position with the youngsters coming through that have shown a bit this preseason. I know Pep and Klopp are sharing their disdain atm with the summer competitions, probably because of how it will effect our starts to the season, but those competitions really have been a blessing for these youngsters getting more game time out of sheer necessity.I'm not sure. The ages I gave don't include those for AOC (25), Origi (24), Keita (24), Gomez (22), and Brewster (19)...all of whom you'd expect to feature this season and into the future. Not to mention Hoever and Van Den Berg (both 17). Mbappe (20), Havertz (20), and Sancho (19) will also bring the average age down even further.
Until this summer, United were all on board for Bale. It seems a little strange to see them shy away from him now even though they look to be spunking up £250m for a load of other players.I'm suprised United aren't all over Bale. They could offer him £2m a week and give Real say £70m rising to £100m if he manages to play five games over the season.
Come on Woodward, get your chequebook out!
Fuck off with Lallana.Klopp explains it much better than I could... but he gives some insight on why we haven't bought anyone. He clearly states he already has the team he wants to start the season with. Says Ox back is like a big transfer.... and talks about how we already have players like Brewster, Gomez, and Lallana... and it's time to use them
In an exclusive interview with the ECHO's Ian Doyle, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp speaks on Reds' summer transfer window and how finances compare to other clubswww.liverpoolecho.co.uk
But why the negativity?Fuck off with Lallana.
He’s missed 2/3 games already.
What did Lallana contribute to no 6 and 97 points?But why the negativity?
No matter if as a #6 or a #8 - he will always have at least one player ahead of him on the bench.
Lallana is also not the reason why we're not buying.
Don’t think he’s done anything wrong. No back injury faking. Not giving betting tips to relatives.
After winning the CL and the record breaking 97 points I don’t understand the reasons for spreading negativity.
What did Ox contribute? Why not spread this negativity on him? Ox was already injured longer in his career than Lallana will be by the end of his.What did Lallana contribute to no 6 and 97 points?